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Boy oh boy! How things can change in a day.
Hello and welcome to another week of all the happenings on Shiplap and Shells. As always, I love that you’re taking time out of your lives to read my blog. I can’t tell you how much it means.
It’s raining! I think it’s the first time since fall.
When you live in the Seattle area, rain can be quite controversial. We get so much of it and let’s just be honest, it can get a bit gloomy at times.
We’ve had the most incredible fall so far with unusually warm temperatures. It’s been the most wonderful continuation of summer. I think we were getting rewarded for the cold and wet spring and early summer we endured.
But fall is definitely here now.
The unusually dry weather brought terrible wildfires throughout Washington and Oregon. The smoke has been so bad, especially through Friday. In fact, it was so terrible that Seattle had the worst air quality in the world for 2 days.
With all of that, I am happy to say that the rain is here and we will be able to breathe again. I’m sure I will be complaining about it again soon, at least under my breath.
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I Did Some Shopping This Week
I met one of my best friends for coffee at Metropolitan Market in Gig Harbor.
I loved their assortment of pumpkins and fall annuals.
They do such a great job with their merchandising as you can see in these pictures.
Not that I was in the mood for cake, but look at these gorgeous works of art.
And I’m sure they’re just as delicious as they appear.
How about this pretzel?
And then it was a quick trip to the Garden Room next door.
I am IN LOVE with this light fixture!
I was amazed by all the Christmas they already have out on the sales floor. I mean…UNBELIEVABLE!
Do you have a decorating theme for the winter holidays yet?
A Walk Through the Garden
I planted 2 iris collections from Breck’s Bulbs last week.
Here are the flowers that are in the Renowned Batik Iris Collection.
And here is the gorgeous Twice As Nice Reblooming Iris Collection.
To see more of what Breck’s Bulbs has to offer, CLICK HERE.
The moles are still a thorn in my side. After getting messages on Instagram from several followers, I will slowly stop complaining about them since voles are so much worse and we don’t have those thank goodness.
I’ll be sharing my greenhouse decorated for fall next week on the blog, including it all, dressed up for Halloween.
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What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…
10 Fall Table Decoration Ideas and Inspiration to Wow Your Guests
Looking for some creative ideas for an autumn tablescape? I’ve got you covered with 10 fall fabulous table decoration ideas and inspiration that will be sure to wow your guests.
How I Repurposed and Reinvented My Thrift Store and Flea Market Finds
I’m sharing a few of my favorite thrift store and flea market finds and ideas on how to repurpose and reinvent them without breaking the bank.
My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…
Wait until you see how easy it is to make a concrete Jack O’ Lantern planter. Meeghan at Cali Girl in a Southern World gives you a tutorial on how to make your own planters for your fall flowers and plants.
Who loves doughnut holes? Tieghan at Half Baked Harvest shares her recipe for homemade baked cinnamon sugar apple cider doughnut holes and they look incredible! These are the coziest treats to enjoy with a steaming mug of hot chocolate or your favorite latte.
Pumpkins and fresh seasonal flowers are 2 of my favorite things for fall. So when Stacy at Brick’s and Blooms created this gorgeous centerpiece using them both, I seriously fell in love.
My friend Rachel at the Pond’s Farmhouse shares how she uses recycled scrap fabric to make sustainable gift-wrapping toppers. These eco-friendly wrapping ideas are budget-friendly and super easy to make.
This Northwoods shingle-style home.
This homemade granola apple crisp.
This home project in Utah.
Ideas for sending Christmas card greetings and holiday wishes.
These fabulous fall recipes.
An Oldie But a Goodie
How to Determine the Best Time to Divide Perennials
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Until next time,
Wishing you a wonderful week ahead,
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Jennifer Howard says
I missed that apple cider donut recipe…I have to go check it out!! Seriously killing me with all those cakes!! What a mess those moles make.. something took out all my voles in the late Spring and I couldn’t be happier!!
Voles are so much worse than regular moles so I’m so glad to hear that they were sent packing!
Anne | Simply2Moms says
Gig Harbor and the Garden Room look like such amazing places to shop! Thanks so much for sharing our ideas for Christmas greetings in your roundup today. Happy Fall!!
You need to come and visit me, Anne. We would have so much fun!
Julie Hutson says
I can attest to how delicious the cakes from Metropolitan Market in Gig Harbor really are! My daughter and her husband even used one of them for the cutting cake at their wedding!
I can totally see why you had a cake from them for the wedding. They really do such an amazing job.
Mary from Life at Bella Terra says
Kim, you have the most amazing retail resources! That garden shop and all the Christmas items….oh my! So happy you are having rain. Living in a desert, the rain is such a gift and we’ve fortunately have had alot this summer/fall. Thank you so much for sharing my fall recipes. Today, in Phoenix, it is nice and cool…..ah…hoping fall is finally here.
Hi Mary! I definitely had a lot more rain than we did this summer and early fall. So glad you had that gift.
Chloe Crabtree says
Okay, Kim, when we head to the PNW to visit you and your amazing garden, I want to go to those shops! Those decorative cabbages!!!! I don’t get anything so beautiful here in Florida. I have to rely way to much on artificial blooms! Now what is this about you weren’t in the mood for cake?!! I am always in the mood for cake! It all looked amazing! Thanks for sharing!
I’ll take you to all the good places, Chloe. Especially for cake!
Kathy A says
Hi Kim, have you ever planted mothballs with your fall bulbs? They hate the smell. I bury some, sprinkle some on top of the soil, then mulch. I had awful problems in NH; I year I planted 70 crocus–come spring I had 2 bloom. I buy 90% of my bulbs from Breck’s. I can’t speak highly enough of them! The flowers in bloom look JUST LIKE the pix in the catalog!!! I am cursed with a love of flowers combined with black thumbs! I do tend to do more daffodils than tulips caz NO ONE eats them! THEN I cut up the catalogs and make all-occasion cards with them! Green to me. I had to smile at the “Green” package toppers. We used to consider it a good Christmas if we filled the woodstove 4x with wrapping paper. Now, I reuse my collection of tins and cloth gift bags *ribbons sewn into the side seams, cloth and ribbon purchased after Christmas, thrifted, etc.) which makes for an interesting display and saves trees! One friend and I passed the same bag back and forth for 3 years! Rain here in Maine has revitalized a lot of dug wells that were very low.
This is some great information, Kathy! I have never heard about using mothballs. I think EVERYONE hates the smell! I buy most of my bulbs from Breck’s myself and just planted irises from them. They are great quality products. Daffodils are great for so many reasons. Deer hate them, yes. And they grow and come back bigger and bigger every year. Love that you are saving trees my friend.
Hi Kim! Glad you finally got some rain! And I say go ahead and complain about those moles! I can’t believe how much they dig up your garden! The stores you visited look beautiful, though I am definitely NOT ready for Christmas decor. Nice spending some time with you today!
Thanks, Molly! As I sit here right now replying to you, I’m waiting for the power to go out. It’s quite the storm with heavy rains and strong gusts of wind. So I’m already over it.
Those cakes and those light fixtures are so cool!!! And your garden looks amazing too – love the scarecrow on the vintage bicycle. Thanks for sharing my centerpiece – I say it ievery time but that might be my favorite one yet!
I’m glad I shared my garden because as of today it is done. The rain and wind have pretty much destroyed everything. Now we start planning for next year.
Sounds like a wonderful week! Hugs to you.
Thank you, Renae.
Rachel Harper says
Wow even with rain everything is so beautiful! I can’t wait to see your greenhouse tour on Friday. Thanks so much for sharing my gift wrap toppers. You are the best.
You are sharing the most amazing DIY projects for the holidays Rachel.
Kim, I love seeing your fall gardens. And those irises are so pretty! They remind me of ones my grandma had on the farm. I can’t wait to see them bloom next spring/summer!
Thank you for sharing the recipe for my apple cider mimosas. I hope you enjoy them.?
I can’t wait to try the mimosas this weekend Jen! I’m looking forward to the irises next year too! Fingers crossed.